A. S. Cattaneo, P. Mnev and N. Reshetikhin

We present a construction of cellular BF theory (in both abelian and non-abelian variants) on cobordisms equipped with cellular decompositions. Partition functions of this theory are invariant under subdivisions, satisfy a version of the quantum master equation, and satisfy Atiyah-Segal-type gluing formula with respect to composition of cobordisms.

A. S. Cattaneo, N. Moshayedi and K. Wernli

This note describes a quantization of the relational symplectic groupoid (RSG) for a constant Poisson structure using the BV-BFV formalism and shows how this induces the Moyal deformation quantization for the underlying Poisson manifold.

Olaf Lechtenfeld, Alexander D. Popov

It was pointed out by Shifman and Yung that the critical superstring on $X^{10}={\mathbb R}^4\times Y^6$, where $Y^6$ is the resolved conifold, appears as an effective theory for a U(2) Yang-Mills-Higgs system with four fundamental Higgs scalars defined on $\Sigma_2\times{\mathbb R}^2$, where $\Sigma_2$ is a two-dimensional Lorentzian manifold. Their Yang-Mills model supports semilocal vortices on […]

Sergey Krivonos, Olaf Lechtenfeld and Alexander Sorin

We present the minimal realization of the ℓ-conformal Galilei group in 2+1 dimensions on a single complex field. The simplest Lagrangians yield the complex Pais-Uhlenbeck oscillator equations. We introduce a minimal deformation of the ℓ=1/2 conformal Galilei (a.k.a. Schr\”odinger) algebra and construct the corresponding invariant actions. Based on a new realization of the d=1 conformal […]

F. Bonechi, A. S. Cattaneo and R. Iraso

We discuss the A-model as a gauge fixing of the Poisson Sigma Model with target a symplectic structure. We complete the discussion in [arXiv:0706.3164], where a gauge fixing defined by a compatible complex structure was introduced, by showing how to recover the A-model hierarchy of observables in terms of the AKSZ observables. Moreover, we discuss […]

Anton Galajinsky and Olaf Lechtenfeld

Recent years have seen an upsurge of interest in dynamical realizations of the superconformal group SU(1,1|2) in mechanics. Remarking that SU(1,1|2) is a particular member of a chain of supergroups SU(1,1|n) parametrized by an integer n, here we begin a systematic study of SU(1,1|n) multi-particle mechanics. A representation of the superconformal algebra su(1,1|n) is constructed […]

Jacob C. Geipel, Olaf Lechtenfeld, Alexander D. Popov and Richard J. Szabo

We consider Spin(4)-equivariant dimensional reduction of Yang-Mills theory on manifolds of the form $M^d \times T^{1,1}$, where $M^d$ is a smooth manifold and $T^{1,1}$ is a five-dimensional Sasaki-Einstein manifold Spin(4)/U(1). We obtain new quiver gauge theories on $M^d$ extending those induced via reduction over the leaf spaces $\mathbb{C}P^1 \times \mathbb{C}P^1$ in $T^{1,1}$. We describe the […]

Olaf Lechtenfeld and Suresh Nampuri

We extract the leading-order entropy of a four-dimensional extremal black hole in ${\cal N}{=}2$ ungauged supergravity by formulating the CFT$_1$ that is holographically dual to its near-horizon AdS$_2$ geometry, in terms of a rational Calogero model with a known counting formula for the degeneracy of states in its Hilbert space.

Claudio Dappiaggi, Heiko Gimperlein, Simone Murro, Alexander Schenkel

In this paper we develop the foundations for microlocal analysis on supermanifolds. Making use of pseudodifferential operators on supermanifolds as introduced by Rempel and Schmitt, we define a suitable notion of super wavefront set for superdistributions which generalizes Dencker’s polarization sets for vector-valued distributions to supergeometry. In particular, our super wavefront sets detect polarization information […]

Francisco Correa and Olaf Lechtenfeld

The spherical reduction of the rational Calogero model (of type A_{n−1} and after removing the center of mass) is considered as a maximally superintegrable quantum system, which describes a particle on the (n−2)-sphere subject to a very particular potential. We present a detailed analysis of the simplest non-separable case, n=4, whose potential is singular at […]

Olaf Lechtenfeld, Alexander D. Popov, Marcus Sperling and Richard J. Szabo

We consider SU(3)-equivariant dimensional reduction of Yang-Mills theory over certain cyclic orbifolds of the 5-sphere which are Sasaki-Einstein manifolds. We obtain new quiver gauge theories extending those induced via reduction over the leaf spaces of the characteristic foliation of the Sasaki-Einstein structure, which are projective planes. We describe the Higgs branches of these quiver gauge […]

W.D. van Suijlekom

We recall the emergence of a generalized gauge theory from a noncommutative Riemannian spin manifold, viz. a real spectral triple (A,H,D;J). This includes a gauge group determined by the unitaries in the *-algebra A and gauge fields arising from a so-called perturbation semigroup which is associated to A. Our main new result is the interpretation […]

Andreas Deser and Jim Stasheff

Over many decades, the word “double” has appeared in various contexts, at times seemingly unrelated. Several have some relation to mathematical physics. Recently, this has become particularly strking in DFT (double field theory). Two ‘doubles’ that are particularly relevant are double vector bundles and Drinfel’d doubles. The original Drinfel’d double occurred in the contexts of […]

Andreas Deser

Deformation theory refers to an apparatus in many parts of math and physics for going from an infinitesimal (= first order) deformation to a full deformation, either formal or convergent appropriately. If the algebra being deformed is that of observables, the result is deformation quantization, independent of any realization in terms of Hilbert space operators. […]

Anna Pachoł and Patrizia Vitale

We derive an explicit expression for the star product reproducing the κ-Minkowski Lie algebra in any dimension n. The result is obtained by suitably reducing the Wick-Voros star product defined on ℂdθ with n=d+1. It is thus shown that the new star product can be obtained from a Jordanian twist.

Vladislav G. Kupriyanov and Patrizia Vitale

We consider linear star products on Rd of Lie algebra type. First we derive the closed formula for the polydifferential representation of the corresponding Lie algebra generators. Using this representation we define the Weyl star product on the dual of the Lie algebra. Then we construct a gauge operator relating the Weyl star product with […]

A. S. Cattaneo, P. Mnev, N. Reshetikhin

This paper introduces a general perturbative quantization scheme for gauge theories on manifolds with boundary, compatible with cutting and gluing, in the cohomological symplectic (BV-BFV) formalism. Explicit examples, like abelian BF theory and its perturbations, including nontopological ones, are presented.

A. S. Cattaneo, P. Mnev, K. Wernli

The goal of this note is to give a brief overview of the BV-BFV formalism developed by the first two authors and Reshetikhin in [arXiv:1201.0290], [arXiv:1507.01221] in order to perform perturbative quantisation of Lagrangian field theories on manifolds with boundary, and present a special case of Chern-Simons theory as a new example.

A. S. Cattaneo, P. Mnev, N. Reshetikhin

This is a survey of our program of perturbative quantization of gauge theories on manifolds with boundary compatible with cutting/pasting and with gauge symmetry treated by means of a cohomological resolution (Batalin-Vilkovisky) formalism. We also give two explicit quantum examples -- abelian BF theory and the Poisson sigma model. This exposition is based on a […]

Alexander Schenkel, Jochen Zahn

We formulate an algebraic criterion for the presence of global anomalies on globally hyperbolic space-times in the framework of locally covariant field theory. We discuss some consequences and check that it reproduces the well-known global SU(2) anomaly in four space-time dimensions.